- History podcasts that don’t have a whiney American presenter….?
I can’t be doing with German commercial radio. Today’s Women’s Hour was just weird (lesbians arguing about who is more lesbian).
Found some history podcasts but they were all presented by some whiney, overly excited septic.
Is there anything out there that you’d recommend?
Have found Dan Snow in the past but he seems fixed on war. Looking for culture, society type stuff.
Cheers in advance!Posted 8 months agomulacsSubscriber
anything by Neil MacGregor should fit the bill. Fascinating stuff – the history of Germany might tick a few boxes for you?Posted 8 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I think History Hit with Dan Snow – mentioned above – is occasionally brilliant. He does sometimes feature Americans and American history, but it’s listenable, wide ranging and generally entertaining. I wouldn’t say he’s overly focussed on wars, though he did – maybe understandably – recently run a bunch of stuff about WWI.
Recent ones include Winston Churchill’s art, a Victorian murder, and stuff about malt whisky and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and something about our historical relationship with Europe along with the war-orientated ones. It’s frequent too, so you can miss out the ones you’re not grabbed by and a new one’ll be along in a minute.Posted 8 months agoandytheadequateSubscriber
My favourite history podcast is 1914: Day by Day (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03t8m6h/episodes/downloads).
This series is genuinely brilliant and is about the run up to World War 1. I know you said you didn’t want to just listen to military history, but this also covers the diplomatic build up to WW1, as well as a bit of domestic history too.
Each episode is really short as it covers a day. When I listened to it I found somewhere that grouped the days into weeks so I wasn’t having to download a million files.Posted 8 months agoJackHammerMember
Anything from Dan Carlin is good. So Hardcore History, the addendum, common sense.
I started listening to the the Martyrmade podcast, and I’m slowly working through the first episode. Could be good, could be left at the way-side.
I tried Dan Snow’s History Hit and it was a bit meh to me. I liked the one about Peter Jackson’s WW1 movie/remaster tried a few others and they weren’t very interesting.
I’ve started watching a guy on youtube called TIK, he does some really good blow by blow accounts of lesser known battles of WW2.Posted 8 months ago
Tides of History with Patrick Wyman (American, but non-whiney).
Thanks for the tip, have listened to 3 or 4 since yesterday, really good, I’m addicted. (Although his voice is slightly Whiney IMHO so maybe not so good for the OP!)
I’ve started watching a guy on youtube called TIK,
Thanks for the tip. He doesn’t make a brilliant first impression (IMHO), but worth sticking with it because he’s brilliant. (I listened to the oil one, and one of the question and answers.) Will be working my way through the rest of his content for sure.
So thanks both, two welcome tips.Posted 8 months agoJackHammerMember
What about his first impression put you off? I’ve only been watching the videos regarding the North Africa campaign, so I might be a bit blinkered. I find his opinions on people not bothering with degrees etc. a bit triggering, but so far have managed not to get wound up enough to reply.Posted 8 months ago
What about his first impression put you off?
Initially (to me) he came across as a bit of a hobbyist who was going to spout off facile views he’d got off the history channel in his lounge. Once I listened to a bit it was clear he’s done plenty of reading  and was quite capable of articulating his well informed thoughts very well. People might not agree with everything he says but he certainly puts across a thought provoking case.
(My knowledge of History/WW2 is pretty limited so people should take my opinion with a pinch of salt, but that’s what I think!)
 I’m not suggesting he’s a Kershaw or Beevor working from primary sources but at my level of interest that’s fine.Posted 8 months ago
Found this the other day….
Alone in the workshop today and now a few episodes in. American, but not whiney. Interesting, too.Posted 5 months ago
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